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Wednesday 20th January

9:00 - 9:30 Handwriting Practise


Practise writing the lowercase and uppercase ‘q / Q’


You need to try to write on the line whilst using lead-ins and lead-outs. You don’t need lead-ins and lead-outs for capital letters. 


Please see the demonstration video and example below.

Learn to Write the Letter Q | Pre-cursive Letter Formation

Learn to Write the Letter Q | Pre-cursive Letter Formation. This video shows and explains the pre-cursive letter formation for the letter q.

9:30 - 10:15 Phonics with Mr Elks


Today we will be exploring the 'ou' (Brown Owl) digraph.


I have emailed the Zoom link to parents.


I will be showing the ‘Phonics-ou-powerpoint’ during the Zoom meeting. 


Afterwards, watch the ‘A Loud Sound’ video and the ‘Alphablocks - Cowboy’ video.


I would like the children to practise their blending skills by reading 'ou' words (see flashcards).


Then, I would like the children to practise their segmenting skills by spelling 'ou' words

(see flashcards) which their parent/carer says out loud. 


Extra Challenge:

Write sentences including at least one of the 'ou' words. Remember to use a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. 



Practise blending and segmenting ‘ou’ words by completing the Purple Mash Phonics activity.    

Practise reading some high frequency words from the powerpoint/flashcards below. 

A Loud Sound

Phonics - ou - Brown Owl - video

Alphablocks - Cowboy

When a cowboy rides into Alphaland, it's time for OU and OY to round up some cows. This episode introduces the digraphs '-oy-' and '-ou-' digraphs.

10:45 - 11:15 Reading


LO: To be able to summarise a text.

Today, the Summarise Viper will be helping us to understand what happened in the text (See the viper below).


Text means the story.

Summarise means to explain what happened in the story in chronological order (first to last).


See the 3rd extract of ‘Katie in Scotland’ below. 

Read the extract together and discuss what happens and in what order do they happen.


Main Activity:

Recall (remember) what happened in the extract.

In your own words, write sentence to explain what happened chronologically. 

Remember to correctly use capital letters and full stops in your sentences.


Extra Support Activity: 

Draw pictures to represent what happened in the extract and label them with words/phrases.

You can use the ‘2 Create a Story’ activity on Purple Mash (See 2Dos) to complete this activity. 


Extra challenge:

Show your understanding of what happened in this extract by writing a diary from Katie’s point of view.

In your diary extract, you could explain what Katie had done that day and how she felt about it.

Katie in Scotland - 3rd Extract for Reading Lesson

11:15 - 12:15 Writing

LO: To be able to write a fact file.


Facts are things that are true about someone or something.

fact file is a piece of writing with different facts about someone or something.


Today, we will be researching facts about Edinburgh Castle and using that information to write a fact file about Edinburgh Castle.


See the 4th extract from ‘Katie In Scotland’ below. 

Parents/carers should read the text whilst the children listen and explore the illustrations. 

Discuss what they notice about Edinburgh Castle.


Main Activity:

Research facts about Edinburgh Castle by using the internet or by using the example fact file below.


Try to research answers to these questions:

  • Where is it?
  • When was it built?
  • What special events are held there?
  • Who was it built for?
  • Who lived there?
  • What else was it used for?
  • What can you find there today?
  • How many tourists visit it each year?


Create an interesting fact file about Edinburgh Castle, including facts and pictures (see below example).


Key skills:

  • Think about what you want to write and say it out loud first. 
  • Sound out (segment) words when you are spelling them.
  • Write on the line.
  • Use finger spaces between words.
  • Use lead-ins and lead-outs.
  • Use capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  • Use full stops at the end of a sentence.


Extra Support Activity: 

Draw a picture of Edinburgh Castle and label the picture with facts about it.


Extra challenge Activity:

Use Purple Mash to create your fact file (see your 2Dos).

Include factual statements (sentences) and pictures. 

Katie in Scotland - 4th Extract for Writing Lesson

13:15 – 14:15  DT (Continue after Show and Tell Zoom Meeting)

LO: To be able to use design, make and evaluate a structure.


A structure is a building.

Today, we have been learning about Edinburgh Castle.

I would like you to design, build and evaluate your own model of a castle.



Please design a castle. 

You can do this by drawing your design or by using Purple Mash (see 2Dos).

Remember to label your design – showing what materials you will use.



Next, use your design to help you make your castle (see below examples).

I don’t expect you to complete this part if you have already made one or do not have the materials. 



Discuss the castle that you made and compare it to your design.

Write answers to the below questions or verbally answer them (parents can write child’s answers):

  • Does it look like your design?
  • Does it stand on its own?
  • What went well?
  • What didn’t go well?
  • What do you like about your castle?
  • What could you improve about your castle?

Designing Using Purple Mash Example

Examples of Castle Models

14:15 - 14:45  Show and Tell with Mr Elks.


I have emailed the Zoom link to parents.

First, we will share what we have been learning about today.  


Next, I will read more of ‘Paddington’s Guide to London’. 

We will be exploring this very interesting non-fiction book in every afternoon Zoom meeting for this week.